Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Photo studio location packing kit list pdf

When you rent studios to shoot for big clients you need to bring everything to the location that you just might need. In this economy we rarely have assistants to run out and pick up forgotten items. This Big Red Nabisco Crate travels with me on the photo-gurney and has saved me many times. 

Here is all it holds:

Here it is sitting strapped to the gurney:

While some of the things in the the Big Red Crate are used on a regular basis, fill cards and mirrors come to mind, some have been a special savior for a special time. For instance; as I walked into a rental studio in New Jersey just after super storm Sandy, the power went out. Total darkness for over an hour. The LED flashlight was right there so I had light for my food stylist to unpack while we waited for the power repairs. Wire ties have been extra handy shooting outside on location to secure wires and weights against the wind. I was on location shooting fashion in a very expensive house. I put the light bank up high on a stand and when I took it down, the location scout was terrified to see black marks on the white ceiling! Magic Eraser to the rescue. A few wipes, a little scrubbing and the marks were gone and a pristine white ceiling remained. 
I guess the Big Red Crate is just filled with all the little crazy things I've come to realize I sometimes need when I shoot.
You can download the list here: PDF List Download
Hey, it's just this photographer's experience talking.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nice Prize!

This image was for a contest that Arthur Schuman was holding where you would enter a recipe and maybe win a cool panini grill. It was a challenge to create something pretty with a huge metal machine to fit in but the team and I work well together and I think this one turned out nicely.


This one was a shot for Nestle Products. I set up a 1/2 white seamless in a hallway at their corporate offices, lit the shot with a huge shoot-through umbrella and spent the bulk of the time stripping out hair and tiny bars on the grocery cart. Soon it will be a giant framed images within the corporate offices. Too cool!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Defensive Line Desserts

This video now up on YouTube and the Cello Cheese Facebook page once again shows Marie Haycox doing her part to create the beautiful recipes I shot for Arthur Schuman. We shot video with a Canon 60D and stills with a Fuji S3 during the downtime waiting for the food to arrive on the set. The actual recipe stills were captured with my beloved Nikon D700. 27.5 hours of Adobe Premier Pro and we have three adorable videos that combine video and stills and help pave the way for some great recipes. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cello Cheese Field Goal Fondue Recipes

Hello again,
        Here is a second video to announce this coming series of recipes using cello cheese. This one combines video and stills to keep things moving throughout. They were captured in 1080p with a Canon 60D on a Linhoff Tripod and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Welcome to commercial photography 2013!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cello Slow-Cooker Creations: Behind-the-Scenes

This is a video that I shot and edited for my beloved cheese client Arthur Schuman. It just shows you that while a commercial photographer today has to be an expert at lighting and Photoshop, we now also have to know video shooting and editing. These all have to be an available part of a commercial photographer's tool box today. 
This video shows the "behind the scene" shoot of football/Superbowl recipes that will appear on the Cello Cheese Facebook page and web site this January. I shot the recipes over three days with my favorite food stylist Marie Haycox and in my free time I captured video and stills of the shoot in progress. Under my clients directions I cut the video and stills together into a cute video to herald the coming football season recipes. Enjoy! (thanks Melissa, Brenda, Deb and Marissa)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I couldn't resist

I know i'm not supposed to do it. 
I know i'm not supposed to eat the food I shoot.
Sure, I watched every move that my food stylist Marie Haycox made.
I knew that this sandwich was made with loving care but that was for photography.
Still, my friend Melissa (the client) tried it and and offered me some. I resisted as long as I could but to no avail.
Wow, it was soooo good! 
When this recipe comes to the CelloCheese Facebook page, make it. It really is that good. 
Just look for the Grilled Fontina with Fig Jam Panini.
Sweet, cheesy, crunchy, buttery and crispy. What could be better than that?